What We Believe
As a local Anglican church, we hold to the historic teaching of the Church of England, as summarised in the thirty-nine Articles of Religion. The Church of England has since become a broad church representing many different traditions. We are a committed evangelical church. Here is a helpful summary of what evangelical Christians across different traditions believe:
There is one God in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
God is sovereign in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement.
The Bible, as originally given, is the inspired and infallible Word of God. It is the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behaviour.
Since the fall, the whole of humankind is sinful and guilty, so that everyone is subject to God's wrath and condemnation.
The Lord Jesus Christ, God's incarnate Son, is fully God; he was born of a virgin; his humanity is real and sinless; he died on the cross, was raised bodily from death and is now reigning over heaven and earth.
Sinful human beings are redeemed from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of their representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between them and God.
Those who believe in Christ are pardoned all their sins and accepted in God's sight only because of the righteousness of Christ credited to them; this justification is God's act of undeserved mercy, received solely by trust in him and not by their own efforts.
The Holy Spirit alone makes the work of Christ effective to individual sinners, enabling them to turn to God from their sin and to trust in Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit lives in all those he has regenerated. He makes them increasingly Christlike in character and behaviour and gives them power for their witness in the world.
The one holy universal church is the Body of Christ, to which all true believers belong.
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in person, to judge everyone, to execute God's just condemnation on those who have not repented and to receive the redeemed to eternal glory.
This text was taken from the UCCF:christianunions doctrinal basis.
How the Good News of Jesus shapes our Church
We believe that Jesus changes lives
We believe that Jesus changes people’s eternal destinies and radically transforms their lives here and now. The good news of Jesus is that God loved the people of the world so much that he sent his Son to die so that we might live – through the death of Jesus is forgiveness, freedom, and a restored relationship with God as our Father.
We believe the Bible is God's life-changing Word
We put the Bible at the heart of all we do, because we believe in it that we meet Jesus and our lives can be changed. In all our core meetings, we hear from the Bible and apply it to life today. As the Bible impacts our lives, we grow in our relationship with God and come to trust Jesus more deeply.
We believe we are part of something bigger than ourselves
We unite with all believers across the whole world and in history. We are a local Anglican church (in the Diocese of Norwich) and hold to the historic teaching of the Church of England, as summarised in the thirty-nine Articles of Religion. We welcome people from any denominational background or none to be part of our church family.
We believe we are on mission with God
There is nothing more exciting than seeing God at work today changing people’s eternal destinies and radically transform their lives. God calls us each to be a part of this day to day, to be on mission with him reaching out to Lowestoft and beyond. We pray for our town, we seek to show God's love and to welcome in people from all walks of life.